I get excited about little things.
I also can get discouraged over little things.
So, I need to keep looking forward. Reaching for The Prize.
Just the other day we were reading in the Book of Isaiah:
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me;
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor,
he has sent me to bind up the broken hearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound…..
to comfort all who mourn….
so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
to sprout up before all the nations.”
In high school, my then boyfriend, now husband, could always be seen attending to his friends who were different from others. One student had Cerebral Palsy. He walked down the school halls, carefully, but efficiently with the aid of his crutches. His speech was somewhat difficult to decipher at times, making it awkward for the typical teenager to engage. Another, and older student, had severely deformed limbs – on all arms and legs, leaving his feet and hands mere stubs. These were the guys Ron hung out with, especially during lunch in the crowded cafeteria.
Ron had no idea what I learned from him those two years in high school. By his unassuming example, he showed sincere companionship. It stemmed from his home life. I observed from a distance, and later personally, his patience and attention show toward his elderly relatives.
These days, my dear husband serves as Pastor at a local elder care facility each week. Singing with them, reading from scripture, sitting by their beds, tenderly attending to their deep felt needs. Not long ago, Ron also made time once a week to prepare chili and hot cocoa, set up a card table on a nearby busy transit corner. Most who passed by, accepting a warm cup of chili, were often homeless or spiritually poor in spirit and life. A sign on the table simply said, “Tell us Your Story.” And, they did.
I get excited about these things. And, then, I get excited about how these very experiences can be used where we’re going – somehow – some way. Extending a hand of compassion to anyone, anywhere speaks volumes.
Have you discovered an everyday act of kindness turn into more than you imagined? Share in the comments!